Skillet Pasta with Sausage, Peppers and Kale

Well, I finally jumped on the kale bandwagon.

I will freely admit that I have never liked the stuff.  Not in my pasta, not in my smoothie, not in chip form.  All of those – just yuck.  That’s all.

Now I’m not against vegetables or greens or healthy stuff.  Not at all.  And I know that it’s good for you and I should like it.  But I don’t.  I’ve tried.  I’ve tried over and over – I even bought a kale and pineapple smoothie from an actual smoothie place (well, my husband bought it but hated it and gave it to me, though that’s neither here nor there), and didn’t even like that.

Skillet Pasta with Sausage, Peppers and Kale - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Everyone raves about this stuff and all its benefits and how amazing it is in everything under the sun.  But I just don’t see it.  So, so bitter.

And then I discovered that baby kale is a thing!  So I had to try it and see if maybe, just maybe, baby kale could be edible.

It is.  Edible.  So much more so then its grown up counterpart.

Skillet Pasta with Sausage, Peppers and Kale - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

And now I may start throwing kale into everything.  Because, of course, I saw it at Costco and so I have a ginormous bag of the stuff to eat. Good thing it turned out that I liked it.

I even tried the whole kale chip thing again with it and they weren’t half bad.  Although I had them as a snack because I was hungry, and, I’m sorry, but a bowl of kale chips for a snack?  Not really a snack.  It’s a little like eating crispy air.  I was still hungry after which kind of negated the whole, I’ll just have a healthy bowl of kale for a snack idea.

Skillet Pasta with Sausage, Peppers and Kale - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

In this pasta though?  Very, very good.  I liked the kale.  The kiddos picked it all out of course, but you can’t have everything!  Maybe they’ll learn to like it too.  Or I can hide it better next time?  We’ll see.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, this skillet pasta is amazing.  It’s an easy meal that takes under 30 minutes to make and has so much flavour.  The sausage, peppers and kale go together so well, and it’s a nice filling meal with the pasta.  Try this out, I’m sure you’ll love it!  Quick, easy, tasty.

Skillet Pasta with Sausage, Peppers and Kale - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Skillet Pasta with Sausage, Peppers and Kale
Yield: Serves 6
  • 1 pound (450 g) long pasta (spaghetti, linguine, etc.)
  • 3 Italian sausages, casings removed (I used mild)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups packed baby kale
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, juiced (2-3 tablespoons)
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 cup peas (optional)
  • ¾ cup parmesan, shredded
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until tender, 8-10 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the Italian sausage, breaking it up and stirring as it cooks, until no longer pink. Remove the sausage to a plate and drain the grease.
  3. Add the butter and olive oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and yellow pepper and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until tender. Add the baby kale and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes until it starts to wilt. Then add the cooked sausage back in and stir everything to combine.
  4. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, basil, oregano and parsley, and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half. If using peas, add them for the last couple minutes of cooking so they can heat through. Add the cooked pasta and ½ cup of the parmesan cheese and toss to combine everything. Serve with additional parmesan.
Source: Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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  1. says

    That’s pretty much a perfect description of kale chips. Just like eating air. Tasty air, but air.
    I’m glad you discovered baby kale! This pasta looks amazing!

    • stacey says

      Haha, sounds like I’m definitely not the only one that isn’t a huge fan of the stuff! Pasta certainly helps though! :)

  2. says

    haha kale is definitely not mashed potatoes 😉 you get used to the taste over time.. I actually have never tried baby kale but I like the normal kale that we get and I love it in my salads! This pasta looks awesome, good way to make my hubby eat kale who wouldn’t eat it

    • stacey says

      Haha, yup, my hubby didn’t even know that’s what it was, or he probably wouldn’t have eaten it! Thanks Manali!

    • stacey says

      Seriously try it, it was so much better than the big heads you can get! At least I thought so – I enjoyed it which is saying something! Thanks Aimee!

    • stacey says

      Maybe you could even enjoy it with regular kale then Dannii! :) I certainly couldn’t. But I did enjoy the baby kale, so maybe I’ll eventually acquire a taste for the regular stuff!

  3. says

    I still need to try kale! It’s on my list of things to try, I just need to force myself to buy some! :) This pasta looks fantastic, Stacey! I think I would love the kale in here, sounds so flavorful! And the addition of sausage is perfect!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Gayle! I did really like it in here, it’s such a strong flavour, but the rest of the dish was pretty mild so it worked. Maybe that’s why I actually liked it! :)

  4. says

    This looks great. I don’t like kale alone, but I do like it in dishes like this one where there is a lot of additional flavorful ingredients. I definitely want to try this! I love the small addition of lemon to give it a fresh flavor boost.

    • stacey says

      Thanks Kimberly! Actually the lemon was one of my favourite parts, I meant to mention that, but got sidetracked rambling about kale! :)

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